Alf Orion Watt
(415) 244-7360
Design and develop great user-facing products with a focus on wireless connectivity and open source projects.
Technical Skills [years]
UNIX (Mac OS X, BSD, Linux & Solaris) [9], User Interface & Usability Design [8], Java [8], XML, XSLT, XHTML [8], Threading and Concurrency [7], Web Performance & Tuning [6], Web Services [6], Object Oriented Analysis & Design [6], Objective-C & Cocoa [5], Pattern Languages [4], Python [4]
Work Experience
Mac Development Lead, San Francisco
October 2006 - Current
Proposed, specified and developed a desktop media player which used web services to populate its library of music, video and photos for full screen, remote-driven, presentation. Leveraged open-source technology to speed development while contributing new features back to the community. Personally demoed the product to an excited audience at Mac World 2007.
Lead a small team to maintain a hybrid Cocoa/C# messaging and social networking client for a media sharing & community startup. Added upload features with integration into iLife Suite for easy posting of photos and movies to the web site.
Open Source Developer & Consultant
January 2001 - October 2006
Implemented an existing custom binary network protocol, image loading and cache management utilities in a Cocoa photo sharing client for a startup in San Francisco.
Developed Desk Lamp for OS X, currently in beta Desk Lamp is a flexible desktop search tool which focuses the power of Apple's new Spotlight search engine on your documents, projects and work flows.
Designed, implemented and published iStumbler for Mac OS X. iStumbler is the leading wireless discovery tool for Mac OS X, providing free and open source tools for finding AirPort networks, Bluetooth devices, Bonjour services, and GPS locations with your Mac.
Built and installed the first four radios for SFLAN, a project aimed at creating a member owned and maintained city-wide wireless network using long distance 802.11b links, and embedded linux systems.
Tested Cometa's wireless service platform against a pre-release Intel Centrino system for their initial rollout to dozens of Mc Donalds restaurants in Manhattan. Testing resulted in certification of the platform for Centrino mobile systems and involved checking a matrix of VPN connections with the captive portal system used to control access to public hotspots.
Provide IT & Consulting services to San Francisco VC firms, including off site backup and multi-site data replication. Deploy and manage linux file servers to provide central document storage, backup and small web applications tailored to specific business requirements.
Produced technical documentation using Docbook XML and XSLT style sheets to support my own development projects and a small wireless startup.
Continued development of Webgets, a component system for developing web-based applications on the Java Servlet platform. It provides classes for creating consistent, interactive sites and incorporates design patterns for creating component based web applications in any language.
Provided consultation and training in Java, Web Development and Source Control best practices for a Credit Card Issuer. Encouraged the use of Open Source and Free Software to reduce costs and improve maintainability.
Server Software
LightSurf, Santa Cruz
March 2000 - December 2000
Played principal architect and technical lead for the LightSurf Media Application Hosting Platform, which manages photos, associated meta-data, user accounts, sharing, e commerce and fulfillment. The platform has an open API and is SOAP enabled for easy integration into existing systems.
Evaluated and implemented a server platform based on the most efficient and cost effective java application server products available. Utilized Open Source and Free Software to dramatically reduced licensing and hardware costs in an ASP deployment of LightSurf's flagship product.
Coordinated local and offshore development groups implementing Media Application Hosting Platform. Developed persistence API, supporting documentation and implementation requirements. Performed code review of contractor contributions and managed overall systems integration between server components.
Consulting Web Developer
NextCard, San Francisco
December 1999 - March 2000
Developed Administrative Tool kit allowing business owners to manage customer accounts, alter pricing strategies on the fly and provide real- time customer service and graphical reporting.
Internet Applications Technical Lead
Microsoft bCentral, San Francisco
November 1998 - September 1999
Provided architecture and technical leadership in a small team working on an application using mod_perl and Apache on FreeBSD systems.
Implemented a fast session cache in Perl, dramatically improving performance.
Software Engineer, Build Master, Quality Assurance Engineer
Perspecta, San Francisco
July 1997 - November 1998
Prototyped a user interface for editing a complex database modeling of conceptual and ontological relationships between keywords.
Developed an integrated cross platform build and install system for java server applications similar to ANT using Perl and XML.